Boost for Butcher’s hopes of title shot

Iain Butcher (left) takes the fight to Phil Smith.
Iain Butcher (left) takes the fight to Phil Smith.

MOTHERWELL boxer Iain Butcher says he will happily travel to Phil Smith’s back yard if the Scouse fighter is really that upset by the result of Friday’s fight

Butcher made it four wins out of four in his professional career with a comfortable win over Smith in Wishaw, coming just three weeks after a bout with Smith’s twin brother Anthony was cancelled.

Despite going in as the smaller man in the flyweight versus super-flyweight contest, Butcher dominated much of the fight for referee Kenny Pringle to award a 58-56 victory.

With his previous fight lasting just 67 seconds, Butcher was pleased to get a solid six rounds under his belt.

He said: “The last fight told me nothing so it was better to get something of a test. I now have a better idea of where I stand so I’m happy with that.”

The Times & Speaker understands the Smith camp were unhappy with the result and Butcher is happy to prove he has nothing to prove.

He said: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion in boxing. Personally I thought I won by three rounds, but the referee saw it slightly differently and I can live with it.

“If Smith really isn’t happy with the result then I’d happily fight him again and this time we could do it in Liverpool or anywhere in Britain. We could even rearrange the fight with his brother.

“I don’t see any reason why a promoter shouldn’t want to put on a fight between me and one of the Smiths as it would be a good one to see.”

However, Butcher will happily give the Smiths a bodyswerve if it means he gets his hands on some gold.

He said: “That victory should hopefully move me into contention so if I’m now offered an eliminator or British title fight then obviously I’ll take that.

“I have nothing personal against the Smiths, I’m just looking to move forward with my career and if the matchmakers decide that doesn’t involve them then that’s fine.”

Butcher would like to thank his sponsors C&C MOT Centre and Treadwell Tyres.